Young needs your help with Final Vote

Young needs your help with Final Vote

ARLINGTON -- Rangers third baseman Michael Young has been named one of the five Final Vote candidates for the 2010 All-Star Game.

Young will be competing against Paul Konerko of the White Sox, Nick Swisher of the Yankees, Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Delmon Young of the Twins.

"I'm surprised. I felt like he may have been the player's choice because they know exactly what he's brought to the All-Star Game the past five years," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "Now we've just got to get out and campaign to make sure Michael makes that All-Star team."

Young, who is hitting .310 this season with 11 home runs and 51 RBIs, has made six consecutive All-Star Game appearances -- all as a reserve. That's the third-longest active streak of appearances behind only Ichiro Suzuki (10) and Albert Pujols (8).

Young finished third among third basemen in this year's All-Star balloting, behind Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria and New York's Alex Rodriguez.

"There's really nothing to say. The writing is on the wall with his numbers," said second baseman Ian Kinsler. "Numbers-wise, he's probably better than the two guys that are going. I really don't know what Longoria's numbers are or Alex's, but I can't believe they're any better than Mike's.

"He's the leader of our team, he's gotten big hits, made big plays defensively and he's basically the glue that keeps our team together. I think all of us want him to go."

Young is the only player in All-Star Game history with two game-winning hits in the team's final at-bat. In 2008, he hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 15th inning to beat the National League, and he hit a go-ahead two-run triple in the top of the ninth in '06.

Now in its ninth year, the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's Major League All-Star Selection Show and continues until 3 p.m. CT on Thursday, July 8. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly thereafter.

Mobile voting in the U.S. is exclusive to Sprint, Nextel and Boost subscribers. To receive the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 1122. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 1122. EXAMPLE: Text "A3" to vote for AL Player 3 or "N3" to vote for NL Player 3. Msg&Data Rates May Apply. Mobile voting in Canada is open to all carriers; fans should text their choices to 88555. Std rates may apply.

The fun doesn't end there, however. Fans, having already decided the starters and final player on each team, once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevy via the 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint on MLB.com during the All-Star Game.

The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Anaheim on July 13 will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

The Rangers have five players already going to Anaheim, tied with 2004 for the most in team history. Should Young be selected, the Rangers would be the only team to send six players to the All-Star Game.

"The good thing is all five guys are very deserving. And all five guys are committed to our team goal, which is to win the division," Young said. "I'm happy for the guys that are going, they're all very deserving. The guys going at my position are all very deserving. All-Star Games are tough, you have to catch some breaks to make it."

The starting designated hitter for the American League, Vladimir Guerrero, hopes Young will be there.

"We're all flying together," Guerrero said. "I was thinking Michael was there, so fans will need to vote for him because I think he deserves to be there."

Starting outfielder Josh Hamilton agrees.

"We got a lot of guys going for the first time. Obviously, Michael could be voted in too," Hamilton said. "And I think he should be. So fans, vote for him!"

Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.